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Comment: Of course you should, stop being a douche (Score 1) 687

by Punto (#49194327) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Should I Let My Kids Become American Citizens?

It's the biggest economy in the world, and it's notorious for being strict in their immigration policies. We get it, you don't like it because of some ridiculous first world problem or another, but are you really going to use your kids' futures just to make a point? If you don't like the draft and taxes, go vote for the guy who wants to abolish them in the next election, but don't deny your kids a chance at something millions of people would die for.

Businesses

Pandora Pays Artists $0.001 Per Stream, Thinks This Is "Very Fair" 305

Posted by samzenpus
from the getting-your-cut dept.
journovampire writes with this story about how much artists make on Spotify. "Pandora founder Tim Westergren has claimed that the company is paying out 'very fair' sums to artists, despite its per-stream royalty weighing in at just one sixth of Spotify's. The digital personalized radio platform has previously gone on-record as saying that it pays music rights-holders approximately $0.0014 for each play of their tracks: Westergren blogged in 2013 that Pandora pays ‘around $1,370 for a million spins’. That’s around 80% smaller than Spotify’s per-stream payout, which officially stands somewhere between $0.006 and $0.0084."

Comment: wasn't this the point of the AI thing? (Score 1) 532

by Punto (#49098567) Attached to: Stephen Hawking: Biggest Human Failing Is Aggression

When he started the whole AI debate, I thought he was trying to make this exact point in a way more subtle way. Humans create a new type of being that is capable of thinking about its own existence, and the first thing we assume is that it'll try to kill us and we must kill it back first, instead of recognizing its right to exist. What does that say about us? The apple doesn't fall far from the tree? But the whole debate turned into "how can we keep AIs under out thumbs for as long as possible" instead. I guess he had to come out and spell it out for us.

Comment: Yes (Score 1) 716

by Punto (#49028403) Attached to: Is Modern Linux Becoming Too Complex?

Reminds me of this e-mail from Bill Gates http://blog.seattlepi.com/micr...

(talking about the "add/remove programs" screen) "Someone decided to trash the one part of Windows that was usable? The file system is no longer usable. The registry is not usable. This program listing was one sane place but now it is all crapped up."

At least we still have a filesystem

Businesses

NASA Admits It Gave Jet Fuel Discounts To Google Execs' Company 126

Posted by timothy
from the only-tax-money-after-all dept.
An anonymous reader writes "In a letter to Senator Grassley of the Senate Judiciary Committee, NASA 'admits the agency was selling jet fuel at below market rates to H2-11, a company owned by the founders of Google.' The agency has since raised its rates to reflect market prices but has informed the Senator that it would be impossible for NASA to recoup the money that tax payers have paid in order to subsidize Google's jet fuel discounts."
Earth

Oil From the Exxon Valdez Spill Still Lingers On Alaska Beaches 261

Posted by samzenpus
from the sticking-around dept.
An anonymous reader writes "It's been 25 years since the Exxon Valdez dumped 11 million gallons of crude oil in Prince William Sound, and you can still find oil sticking to rocks. Worse yet, scientists say the oil could be around for decades yet to come. From the article: 'There are two main reasons why there's still oil on some of the beaches of the Kenai Fjords and Katmai National Parks and Preserves in the Gulf of Alaska, explains Gail Irvine, a marine ecologist with the U.S. Geological Survey and lead researcher on the study. When the oil first spilled from the tanker, it mixed with the seawater and formed an emulsion that turned it into a goopy compound, she says. "When oil forms into the foam, the outside is weathering, but the inside isn't," Irvine explains. It's like mayonnaise left out on the counter. The surface will crust over, but the inside of the clump still looks like mayonnaise, she explains.'"
Bitcoin

MtGox Files For Bankruptcy Protection 465

Posted by Soulskill
from the all-about-the-bitjamins dept.
Sockatume writes "The beleaguered MtGox bitcoin exchange has officially filed for bankruptcy protection in Tokyo. According to the Wall Street Journal, Bitcoin held an impromptu press conference that addressed recent rumors. They state that they have over $60m in liabilities against just $30m in assets, and confirm the loss of over $500m worth of Bitcoins, split between customers' balances (750,000 BTC) and company assets (100,000 BTC). Owner Mark Karpeles said, 'There was some weakness in the system, and the bitcoins have disappeared. I apologize for causing trouble.'"
The Internet

ICANN Considers Using '127.0.53.53' To Tackle DNS Namespace Collisions 164

Posted by samzenpus
from the that-doesn't-look-right dept.
angry tapir writes "As the number of top-level domains undergoes explosive growth, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is studying ways to reduce the risk of traffic intended for internal network destinations ending up on the Internet via the Domain Name System. Proposals in a report produced on behalf of ICANN include preventing .mail, .home and .corp ever being Internet TLDs; allowing the forcible de-delegation of some second-level domains in emergencies; and returning 127.0.53.53 as an IP address in the hopes that sysadmins will flag and Google it."

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